Fitz lockdown bubble burst by Christ’s at Guildford GC - 6 August 2020
Fitz golfers emerged blinking from 9 months’ hibernation to take on great rivals Christ’s College Alumni in the first competitive match of the year. The rolling chalk downs of Guildford Golf Club, Surrey’s oldest course, provided the challenging venue for the annual contest. Mastery of the fast sloping fairways and hard greens tested both teams of twelve. The scorching sun exposed the knobbly knees and the rusty post-lockdown swings. The result went down to the last match, with Christ’s eventually winning by 4 points to 2 in the fourball pairs.
Prizes for best scoring Fitz pair went to John Uwins and Stuart Lester (winning 5&3), whilst Tony Price and Alan Darlington won the equivalent prize for Christ’s with the same score. The only other winning pair for Fitz was Alan Wood and Graham May (3&2).
It was great to kick start the delayed season at such a welcoming venue. Participants had driven from as far afield as Cardiff, Bath and Market Harborough to finally start the golf season. The match provided the opportunity for a debut for Andrew Pocock, further widening the pool of talent (if that word can be applied to Fitz golfers!).
Post-match catering, including non-vegan sausage rolls, was served at outside tables of four in front of the clubhouse. Plans were made with Christ’s captain Chris Garden for next year’s revenge fixture, probably at Henley GC where players can cool off in the river if the heatwave is repeated.